As the little ones outgrow their cribs and toddler beds, you’ll need to go out and find them larger and more comfortable kids beds. Fortunately, you don’t have to search a lot for the best beds for kids as there’s already a wide range of options to choose from. There are numerous types, designs, and sizes of beds for kids including twin trundle beds, twin beds with storage, twin bunk beds, and twin kids beds with storage just to mention a few. You can choose from all styles of attractive, safe, and comfortable kids’ beds for both small and large bedrooms. Whether you are looking for kids’ beds for boys or girls or even beds with extra storage room, you’ll find the right bed for your needs.
Keira Platform Bed with Drawers and Bookcase
This space-saving bed with built-in drawers is perfect for your little one’s bedroom. The bed’s headboard is a bookshelf for your child to store their favorite books, teddy or doll collection, or a spot for a night light. This bed’s clean, contemporary lines conceal three drawers with metal pulls to stash blankets, extra pillows, toys, or clothing. You will not need a box spring or bunkie board as the bed has a series of slats above the drawers to support a mattress.
Schiavo Toddler Platform Bed
This toddler bed helps transition your child from a crib to the coveted big kid’s bed. Its low-slung design lets your child get in and out of bed without a hitch. The partial guard rails on either side provide security as well as an unobstructed view of your child when they are sleeping. The bed’s scaled-down sophistication and classic lines adapt it easily into any room décor as your child transitions from babyhood to childhood.
Alfred Twin Loft Bed
This space-saver is attractive and functional. Kids will love sleeping in the loft and parents will appreciate the convenience of the homework desk beneath the top bunk. A slat system negates the need for a box spring; this piece’s warm wooden espresso-colored finish is ideal for any tween’s bedroom. With guard rails and a removable ladder, kids have a blast sleeping in the beloved top bunk and parents rest easy knowing their kids are secure.
Koffler Twin over Twin Bunk Bed
This contemporary bunk bed saves space with tubular rod headboards, footboards, and detachable guard rails. A built-in ladder makes climbing to the top bunk a cinch for kids and parents will be assured that the construction is safe and sturdy. The sleek design of this bunk bed works well with modern décor or as an attractive subtle addition to kids’ rooms. There’s also enough space under the bottom bunk to store sports equipment, toys or seasonal clothing.
Wasilewski Panel Bed
This bed unit can be dressed up or down, depending on your wishes for your child’s bedroom. Its solid wood frame and clean lines give it a classic appearance, and the slightly flared legs are sophisticated design details. The height of the bed is adjustable, from 6.5 to 11.5 inches, for under-bed storage or installing an extra trundle. It is made from plantation-farmed, sustainable hardwood so you can feel good about your choice of furniture.
Abby Twin over Twin Bunk Bed
Clean lines, subtle finishes, and an assortment of bed frame hues ensure this bunk bed fits in any child’s bedroom’s color scheme. You know your child is safe and secure with the bunk bed’s built-in ladder and guard rails, but you also have the option of converting the bunk bed into two single beds. The bed requires full assembly, and a slat system makes box springs obsolete. It’s an excellent choice for kids who are sharing space or who love to have friends over to spend the night.
JoJo Siwa Upholstered Twin Platform Bed
If your kid loves Jojo Siwa, then they’ll go nuts for this vibrant twin bed. Done up in bright pink with a unicorn and a rainbow on the headboard and bows at the baseboard, this bed will make any Jojo fan giddy. Hot pink faux leather is stretched over a sturdy wooden bed frame to complete this special sleeping nook. A heart-shaped Jojo Siwa logo adorns the headboard for the final touch on this whimsical, magical bed that sits low to the ground, so it is safe for toddlers.
Maddox Twin Platform Bed
This simple to assemble contemporary twin bed is ideal for growing kids. It’s modern lines, and durable exterior will last from preschool through high school. Its blocky legs and curved Shaker-style headboard make it ideal for children transitioning from a toddler bed and because it supports up to 300 lbs. parents can still snuggle while reading a bedtime story. It also sports a foot of space underneath for storage.
Gilbertson Twin Platform Bed
This bargain-priced showstopper of a twin bed blends modern with whimsical, especially in the pink finish. Made of faux leather, its foam-filled headboard adorned button tufting is a perfect place for your young one to curl up. Its sturdy platform legs create storage space underneath this twin, and it comes in a few different color choices so that it fits in with any décor and any age.
Everton Metal Triple Bed
You’ve certainly seen double bunk beds adorning children’s rooms, but have you ever seen a triple bunk? With full-length guard rails and two built-in ladders, this bed sleeps three comfortably and will make multiple sleepovers a breeze. Strong metal construction and secured slats will let you rest easy, knowing your kids are safe. It’s a wonderful space-saver as well, especially for families that have multiples.
Kids beds are available in a huge variety of shapes, colors and sizes, and it can be tough to figure out which piece is right for your child's room. While the look of the bed – the shape, color and design details – will be what you notice first, the underlying materials, construction and safety features matter more than looks.
Here's what to consider when you select a kids bed, and how to choose the best bed for your child's needs.
Whether your toddler has outgrown his crib or your older child needs an upgrade, thinking about both his needs now and in the near future will help you choose the right bed. According to Consumer Affairs, the typical kids’ mattress lasts about 10 years, and so does a kids bed made of quality materials and construction.
A sturdy toddler bed that is close to the ground will serve your child for 2-3 years. You will incur an additional expense when that bed gets too small – and have to buy a larger bed and mattress anyway. Some kids do well when they switch immediately to a larger bed like a twin (equipped with safety rails if needed), while others need the easy access and secure feeling a smaller, toddler sized bed allows.
Because your bed purchase has the potential to last for a decade, choosing the right size is essential. A twin bed may seem huge for a now-small child, but he’ll grow into it very swiftly. Twin beds are the most popular size for kids and teens, but if you have the space, it is also worth considering a Twin XL (for extra length), Full or even Queen-sized bed. The right bed will be able to accompany your child to their first apartment, so investing in the right piece from the start results in long term value and savings.
Age also matters when it comes to choosing a safe bed; the top bunk of some bunk beds may be too hazardous for smaller children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under six should not be allowed to sleep in or access the top bunk. You know your child better than anyone, so if you need to extend the “no top bunk” rule until a later age, then do so.
While your first instinct is likely to choose a bed that looks great and that matches the style you’ve chosen for your child’s room, the actual construction of the bed matters more than looks. A poorly constructed bed may look great the day you assemble it, but over time, the slats will slide, the joints will loosen and the frame could become unstable. Most kids don’t just slip into bed and lie still under the covers –they jump in and on the mattress, play vigorously and even move the bed around the room, so a poorly built or designed frame is a safety risk and a poor investment.
When you’re choosing a kids bed, the materials the bed is made from and the manner of construction both matter. Both wood and metal can be used (together or individually) to create strong beds and frames that hold up to real use. It is important to look under the bed and at the unfinished parts – if you see particle board or another composite material that is not solid wood, move on.
Solid wood, either pine or hardwoods, can last for decades. Visit an antique store and you’ll see dozens of headboards made from maple, walnut and other hardwoods. They may be out of style or an unusual size, but chances are these old pieces are still in perfect working order, thanks to the tough hardwoods used in construction.
Metal beds for kids can also be durable, but will be significantly impacted by the design of the bed itself. Metal bolts can come undone over time, creating a bed that starts out firm and secure but ends up a wobbly mess. Any metal bed you consider should have multiple connection points at the headboard, footboard and along the sides. The slats should lock into place if they are metal or have a dedicated track if they are wood.
Cheap particle board that is painted to look like wood will retain its appearance, but the points that attach the bed frame to the head and foot board will often erode over time, resulting in a shaky, rickety bed. Painted board is fine for decorative elements and attachments, but should not be used for the bed’s structure; this includes the frame, slats and the connecting points on the head and footboard.
When the sides of the frame are attached to the head and foot board, they should be connected to solid wood, not plywood or particle board. Both of these inferior materials are made of composites – small chips and pieces of material merged together; the end result just isn’t as durable as solid, hearty wood or thick, durable metal.
There are many styles of kids’ beds, aside from a standard twin size bed. Some of the most popular and fun styles include:
Ideal for shared bedrooms with limited space, the bunk bed is a childhood classic consisting of two bed frames stacked on top of each other with access to the top bed via a ladder.
The biggest benefit of a bunk bed is that you can maximize the vertical space in your child’s room, allowing more space for play. However, there are risks associated with bunks such as injury from falling off the top. Do not let kids under five use the top bunk, and ensure the protective railing extends at least eight inches above the mattress.
Similar to a bunk bed, loft beds are the ideal space-saving solution for your kid’s room. Also known as a cabin bed or mid-sleeper, it consists of a twin bed that is elevated to create a top bunk without a sleeping area underneath.
Loft beds can come in a range of heights, making them suitable for kids of all ages. Taller lofts are ideal for older kids and teens as they can comfortably fit a desk and chair underneath, while lower loft beds are excellent for toddlers and preschoolers, who have extra space to play or build a fort.
One thing to keep in mind for loft beds is that they should be firmly attached to the wall to prevent tipping due to the slightly weakened structure.
Trundle beds are a versatile sleeping arrangement for your kids by offering two beds in one. The second bed rolls out when it’s time to sleep, and neatly slides back under the bed frame during playtime.
Trundles are a safer option than bunk beds for a shared room or sleepover and often come with added storage drawers underneath. However, the smaller bed may need a specially sized mattress to fit underneath the other bed, and you will need adequate floor space to roll-out the second mattress, so it is not ideal for very small rooms.
Storage beds are either twin, loft, or bunk beds with added storage underneath. The rolling drawers or hinged frame can be used to store clothes or spare bed linens, but also make a great way to organize toys for an uncluttered floor.
There are very few disadvantages to having extra storage in your kid’s room. However, storage beds are often more expensive than other bed styles, and poor-quality beds can have issues with hardware and moving parts, which may limit the functionality of the storage space.
For any kid who has ever dreamed of sleeping in a race car, a novelty bed offers you the opportunity to make their dreams come true. Available as a twin, bunk or loft, novelty beds come in a variety of fun themes and often have additional interactive features such as integrated night lights, sound, and play equipment.
While novelty beds can help to create a fun room for your kids, they tend to be larger than a standard twin bed and not well suited to a small room. Choose a novelty bed with age-appropriate features. Some beds, such as a bunk with a slide, can pose a risk to younger children. Another thing to consider is the materials used in the design. Often novelty beds are made from molded plastic, which may not be as durable as other materials such as metal or solid wood.
The materials the bed is made from are just the beginning. You should examine the construction of the bed itself, even if you have to ask the store to remove the mattress to do so. You should see a tough frame with evenly spaced slats. Slats should be about 2-2 ½” apart to allow for both air circulation and plenty of strength. Even if the bed you are choosing is made from a hardwood, the slats will likely be pine; pine is soft and flexible enough to offer support without breaking in beds of any size. Check the following areas and points to be sure the bed is ready for safe, long lasting use:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, beds have two main safety issues. Most kids that are injured by beds either fall from a top bunk (or from a regular bed being used as a trampoline) or are injured when a bed collapses. Because of this, the construction of the bed as described above is essential. A bed made from solid, reliable materials and with the right approach to construction will offer a safe place to sleep and give you peace of mind about your child's safety.
Looks and design matter, but choosing your child's bed based on his age and future use, the materials and construction quality and with safety in mind will ensure he has a comfortable spot to sleep that will last for years to come.